Congressman Scott Garrett Did Not Hear How Housing Transforms Lives
Congressman Scott Garrett did not attend the Congressional Reception and also did not send his staff to the event.
Over 350 advocates traveled to Washington, DC to meet with the New Jersey Congressional delegates and let them know that there should be No Housing Cuts and the need for investments for housing and homelessness prevention.
Advocates urged legislators to oppose spending cuts to programs that reduce access to affordable homes for NJ residents.
Gail Levinson, executive director of the Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey and a constituent of Congressman Scott Garrett spoke about the policy issues in the district.
“SHA receives calls every day from aging parents in their 60s, 70s, and 80s with aging children living in their homes who are in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s because they cannot afford to leave. The elderly parents plead with us to please do something to help us when we pass on because we don’t know what is going to happen to our children. There is no place like home,” said Ms. Levinson.
Mark Faryna has lived in a supportive housing apartment in Lafayette, New Jersey for almost four years. A four-year Navy veteran, prior to moving into his apartment, he experienced homelessness for about 3 years.
While he was homeless, he stayed with friends and spent three years in a Veterans Affairs homeless program.
Mark became homeless at a time when he was abusing alcohol and had undiagnosed bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Mark is now in touch with his family and says “They look forward to me calling.”
The video was taken by Jay Everett of Monarch Housing.
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